How do our eating habits change with the arrival of heat? The high temperatures push us to consume fruits, fresh vegetables, fish and shellfish in greater quantity, even if they are included the whole year round in our Mediterranean diet. Summer !
Holidays mean barbecues, meals at the beach and picnics all around. We say goodbye to heavy and elaborated meals difficult to digest and we allow ourselves to be fooled by a great variety of the best summer dishes from Spain, fresh and light.
There is no summer without gazpacho! Gazpacho is one of the classics of summer. It is healthy, refreshing and light! You can take it to the beach, to the pool or to the office if you are not still on vacation.
It consists of a cold soup made of tomato, pepper, cucumber, soaked crusted bread in water and seasoned with oil, vinegar, salt, garlic and sliced manzanilla olives from Spain as the final touch.
An ancient and amazing recipe from Extremadura and Andalucia. ¿What do we need? Raw almonds, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and bread are the main ingredients you will need to taste it. Absolutely affordable and easy to prepare! When serving it you can be well accompanied with an amazing hojiblanca olive snack. Let’s keep it in family!
Among the variety of salads, the mixed salad is probably the most popular and consumed during the summer. You will wonder, why? Easy, light, fresh and with Mediterranean ingredients! Although there are many variants, the basic ingredients are: lettuce, tomato, onion, asparagus, hard-boiled egg and manzanilla or gordal olives. In addition to the ingredients, the seasoning is basic to make it tasty: olive oil, vinegar and salt.
Easy and delicious after a day on the beach, don’t you think?
Melon with ham
Some foreigners will read twice the menu when they get to the restaurant. As weird as tasty it is the simplest dish to prepare since it hardly requires preparation. We only need two ingredients: melon and ham. The secret that makes this dish so exquisite is the contrast of flavours: the sweet of the fruit and the savoury of the serrano’s ham. Ideally, serve the cold melon and accompany it with a sweet wine and a bowl of rosemary marinated olives.
Who does not want a fresh, simple and light salad that also dresses any menu with a touch of elegance? Esqueixada could be the recipe you were looking for. It is one of the typical dishes of Catalonia and its star component is cod. Onion, green pepper, red pepper, tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and black olives will perfectly complete the salad. Fresh and tasty!
If you noticed the olives are in all the dishes of this summer, either as the main ingredient or as an aperitif, because olives are the answer !